Rapid and voluminous volcanic eruptions around 252 million years ago can be linked with a mass extinction event.
There is evidence for catastrophic climate change from protracted volcanic eruptions in the past, but since the 1950s the emissions we produce far exceed those from volcanic activity.
Lake Taupo, in the North Island of New Zealand, is a globally significant caldera of a supervolcano that formed following a massive eruption more than 20,000 years ago.
New research shows that carbon dioxide in groundwater can affect the aging of volcanic eruptions. The findings could help predict future eruptions.
Mount Colima volcano eruption, 2015.
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Our planet is a hugely dynamic place – and the clock is ticking down to the next superdisaster.
If Campi Flegrei ever goes off, you won’t want to be in Naples - or Europe!
Ever heard of Campi Flegrei? It is a supervolcano in southern Italy. Literally translating as “fields of fire,” only the Yellowstone caldera in the United States has more potential to devastate. The Naples…